Quizlet.com is a free website which takes the typical 3×5 index cards and takes them to a whole new level.  Teachers can use sets of terms that are already on Quizlet.com, as there are already thousands of them, or they can create their own. Quizlet supports the creation of traditional flashcards, but it can also generate assessments and learning activities using the user’s list of terms.  With Quizlet’s built-in translator and dictionary it is especially useful for the study of foreign language or vocabulary, but it also contains a total of six different learning modes that make it practical for any content.  Flashcard mode allows users to display both the term and definition on one side of card or on opposite side.  Plus students can use the audio function that reads the term and definition to them.  The speller mode utilizes powerful text-to-speech software that will speak the term and then ask the student to spell what they hear.

Quizlet supports many languages, 18 total including English, Spanish, French, Arabic and German.  Learn mode prompts the user with the term through an audio or visual cue then the student must define the term.  Quizlet will keep track of those answered incorrectly and retest those terms until the student masters them.  The test mode generates a randomized assessment of written, matching, multiple choice, and true/false questions.  This mode is customizable and allows the user to choose the quantity and type of each question.  There are also two game modes, scatter and  space race.  The scatter game displays the terms and their definitions scattered on the screen.  The object is to drag the term or definition and drop it on top of its match.  This is great practice for students, especially younger ones, for items on the new ISTEP.  The other game mode, space race, scrolls a term across the screen and the user must define the term before it reaches the end of the screen.  Points and lives are accumulated or lost which allows for competition among students or classes.  All of these features are free to users, but there are more premium features that come at a cost to the user.

How to Get Started

*Here is a guide with instructions on how to use each of the features on Quizlet.com.

Quizlet.com Step by Step Intructions

*This video is a little long but the first five minutes will give you an overview of the program and its features as well as how to set up an account.

Suggested Uses

  • Generate customizable randomized assessments
  • Interactive games to help students review course content and vocabulary
  • Create sets of terms and share with other teachers
  • Differentiation tool for audio and visual learners
  • Review content and vocabulary before assessments
  • Embed any set of terms on any website
  • Competitions between students using game features
  • Vocabulary builder for ELL students
  • Students can create their own sets and share with other students
  • Add QR codes to handouts that link to supplemental digital studying material

Why it Matters (Teaching Rubric)

2.1 Resources, Activities, and Materials – Quizlet allows teachers to integrate a digital tool that offers students a choice on what they want to review.  They can make up their own set of terms according to the material that they are struggling with most or as a teacher you can make a set for all students, but allow them to choose the mode on Quizlet they would like to use to review.

2.2 Presenting Instructional Content (Essential Competency) –  Six different learning modes allows teachers a variety of ways to engage students with academic vocabulary.  With Quizlet you can also differentiate for the audio and visual learners.

Additional Resources

There are quite a few online resources out there that are similar to Quizlet, some are basic and others have features similar to Quizlet.

Your Challenge

Your challenge is to take a look at Quizlet and consider how you might use a tool like this in your content area. In the comment area below, offer a thought or an idea of how you would integrate Quizlet or a similar tool in your lessons.  What could you do with Quizlet? If you have used Quizlet please share your experiences with it and how you have used it in your classroom.

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  1. Quizlet is a wonderful resource for memorization. I didn’t realize it could be used for checking spelling knowledge as well. That is incredible! For my uses, I think I could create something to assist library workers in learning shelving (sort order). That seems to be one of the hardest skills for students to learn.

  2. I will use this for formulas. ISTEP has cut out quite a few formulas for the 8th grade section this year. By the time students get in 8th grade they are expected to know many of the formulas that they were once given. FAQ will allow my students to review past formulas necessary to do well on the ISTEP.

  3. I’ve used Quizlet in my classroom for many years. From literary terms to weekly vocabulary lessons, Quizlet gives students a variety of options for learning and reviewing content. Each of my classes has class on Quizlet where I have our weekly vocabulary words. I use the word/definition flashcards to introduce the words – the audio feature is handy. Throughout the week students review the flashcards, generate tests, and play space race to review. I encourage students to create their own accounts to make flashcards for other courses.

  4. When I taught sixth grade social studies, quizlet was a nice resource to have since we were 1:1. I’ve used it on occasion, but not as often as I did with my older students.

  5. I absolutely love Quizlet! I use it everyday for vocabulary review. It’s not just flashcards either. On the iPads, my students study the words, then they have practice games that allow them to learn to spell the words better, hear the words said properly, and they can even test themselves! Their favorite tool on Quizlet is the Scatter feature. They race each other to see who can get the best time matching the vocabulary words and their definitions. At the end of the week I use it to do a quick digital assessment of their vocabulary. It is very easy to create a new set of Quizlet cards. You can even add pictures, maps, etc. that can make the information more clear for them. They even like to make their own cards that they can quiz friends with! If a tool can get kids creating their own study tools, then it’s great in my book!

  6. For keyboarding and technology class I can see using Quizlet to review the parts of the computer or what fingers touch what keys when typing. When we are reviewing our monthly Digital Citizenship concept I can use it for reviewing the concepts learned. Even our K classes like to use Quizlet to review alphabet, sight words, vocabulary,etc. My high school daughter creates them for test review in her high school classes. I think it would be nice to have older students help create the quizlets for their class or the younger grades.

  7. I have heard of Quizlet before. This can be a great tool for any grade or any subject. I like the idea where the students can make their own flash cards. The games also entice the children to use it more! It is perfect for a study guide. Parents can even use this for their children to help them study from home!

  8. I have used quizlet before. One time I made the cards. I added audio and images and then embedded them into my class website as an extra studying tool. I also introduced vocab to my students by having them create their own flash cards. I had them make a flash card for the state courts. I then asked them to identify the jurisdiction and the types of cases they hear. I then used one of the students flash card sets and we played one of the quizlet review games.

  9. Quizlet is widely used and initiated by both teachers and students to prepare and learn vocab in classes here. With vocabulary in Language Arts (Greek & Latin Roots) students are either making their own or using preexisting ones but I’ve been seeing it used more and more withing world language classes too. With the app, students are much more eager to swipe through their cards compared to carrying around the ring of cards or ones in Ziploc baggies we did before for each chapter or unit. The students enjoy the games and timed races that are possible on Quizlet too when they want to test how well they know their words.

  10. I have used this several times as review for multiple math classes. I can use it for formulas, definitions, equations, inequalities, etc. Possibilities on this site are endless for multiple subjects. You can search for already made ones and create your own.

  11. I have seen other websites that are similar to Quizlet. I made an account and made a set of flashcards. I can see how this would be beneficial for students to use. I really like that it has a sound function that lets students not only see the word, but also hear the word. While I was exploring the site, I noticed that they offer an upgrade. I was surprised to see that there was a paid option considering it seems that you can do a lot with the free version. I did notice that under the paid version, they would eliminate advertisements from the student versions. I feel a bit uncomfortable with them placing ads on student accounts since I teach first graders. I think that is something I would have to really monitor closely. I liked that you can create a class and have your students join the class. I did notice that for students you must use their parents email address to sign them up for an account. For my classroom, I would probably just have the students use my account.

  12. Quizlet provides many opportunities for mastery content and standards. I like the self pace and relearn automacity that it provides. The cool part is many skills are already posted, so you don’t have to create new, although you can. I also like the self generating tests and games that are available. Great tool for classroom use.

  13. My teachers and students love Quizlet. In fact, students can be seen studying their vocabulary and other concepts everywhere from basketball games to bus rides home, to the hallways before and after school. What we have found is that the kids actually USE it…personally as well as in the classroom. Now, teachers are modeling the use of quizlet in the classrooms and students are taking those skills with them to college and beyond. Hands down one of our favorite tools.

  14. I could see using these to review vocab terms. In science there is a lot of vocabulary that students are not familiar with, having a way for them to review the vocab in a new way could be extremely useful and beneficial. I like the number of possible ways, I really like the game type of review that is available. Having students create decks could really be beneficial to all of the students in the class. As we move to 1:1 next year, I could see using this on a regular basis with students.

  15. Quizlet has long been a staple of my classroom. A student told me about the site the first year that the EVSC began the 1:1 program. Quizlet is an easy to access, create, use, and share tool. You can search by topics for cards other teachers and students may have created or create your own cards. You can sort the cards by definition or term. In addition to just scrolling through the cards there are games students can play involving the terms and definitions. In our Intro to Law class where a there is a large learning curve with legal jargon Quizlet has helped my students learn the terms they hear in the courtroom and use during our mock trials.

  16. I’ve used Quizlet in several classes. It works very well for vocabulary, terms, and character matching. My etymology students loved Quizlet, both for the flashcards and the races you can do. They found it very useful when studying for tests. I like that students can create the flashcards rather than the teachers. I’ve offered extra credit to students who created flash cards or review materials on Quizlet, because it benefits the rest of the class.

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